Craig Hughes stands down as Cambrian & Clydach Vale manager

Cambrian & Clydach Vale boss Craig Hughes will stand down as First Team Manager of the Division One club at the end of the season. 

The former Newport County professional joined the club as the player-manager back in 2016 from Ynyshir Albion after guiding them to promotion as a player. He also worked as assistant manager at Port Talbot Town, where his side secured a late draw on Friday evening.

Hughes will remain involved with the club in a back seat role, having joined the board as he offers his expertise having been involved with semi-professional football throughout his career.

“It is a sad day for me personally, and for the club as we officially announce that my good friend Craig Hughes will step down as Manager of Cambrian & Clydach Vale BGC.” said Director of Football,  Morgans as he confirmed Hughes departure.

“For me, a successful manager leaves a project in better hands than when he took over it, and Guppy has certainly achieved that.

We are 99% likely to finish 4th in the league after finishing in a relatively poor position the year prior; he has turned the CLSA 3G into a fortress once again this season.

Whereas we couldn’t buy a win at home last season until the very last day; and he has helped some good players reach their potential and become great players at this level.”

Cambrian & Clydach currently sit fourth in the league with 50 points on the board, which would be an improvement on their 11th placed finish last season.

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During Hughes’ time at the club, the Cam Army saw a number of academy products make the first team, including 2017 FAW Youth Cup finalist Josh Makismovic. Connor Phelan and Leon Grant recently made their league debuts in their narrow victory over Caerau Ely. Tis season Niall Reed became the youngest player to feature for the first team.

In his playing days, Hughes played for four Welsh Premier League clubs in total, soring 73 goals in 147 appearances in the top fight.

Hughes will take charge of his last game of the club next week, as they travel to Goytre on Friday, with the Welsh League soon to reach its conclusion.


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